We Are Seers

We square up with the harsh realities and heavy statistics to find glimmers of a solution. Ranging in topics from refugee care to financial literacy, food deserts to elder care, anti-trafficking to housing for the homeless, we have vigorously sought out hope and inspiration amidst poverty, corruption, disease, devastation, and abuse. 

Over the past several years, we have pulled together dozens of generous creatives to craft a different narrative. Together, we counter the negative news cycle and use art to transform statistics into stories and awareness into action.

While high-quality film/photo/story assets have proven essential to successful fundraising efforts, many non-profit organizations struggle to tell their own stories well. Bittersweet stands in the gap, featuring organizations doing inspiring and much needed work in response to the critical social issues of our day.

Our Story Process

Every year, we compile a list of a few dozen story ideas shared with us by our readers, friends, clients, and network. Then, together with our core contributors, we review and debate which stories to tell in our next annual cycle. There are a few key questions we ask when evaluating organizations to feature:

  1. What’s inspiring about their work and what needs are they addressing?
  2. What is their current story-telling capacity/output?
  3. Do they have clear engagement opportunities?

With our editorial calendar set, we start building story teams — engaging our community of creative contributors who volunteer their time and talent to get these inspiring stories told. Story teams include an editor (Kate or Amanda), writers, photographers, filmmakers, graphic designers, musicians and songwriters, event planners, etc.

How We're Funded

Bittersweet Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and is funded, in part, by Bittersweet Creative, our for-profit story shop, as well as donations from our monthly readers. If you would like to contribute to the Bittersweet effort, you can donate here.

Contributors

Core Contributor:   

Kate

Kate Schmidgall

Director

Daveb

Dave Baker

Managing Director

Amanda

Amanda Lahr

Editor

Van Ruler Aaron

Aaron Van Ruler

Interactive Lead

Erica

Erica Baker

Photographer

Jeter

Stephen Jeter

Photographer + Filmmaker

Mancari

Jessica Mancari

Lead Writer

Bray Profile

Brandon Bray

Film Director

Baker Chris

Chris Baker

Designer

Wu

Angela Wu

Filmmaker

Bets Journey Pic Web

Betsega Bekele

Writer

Jacks

John Jacks

Photographer

Jake Rutherford

Jake Rutherford

Photographer

Porter

Whitney Porter

Photographer

Etrease Headshot

Elisabeth Trease

Writer

Joel Buckner Lr

Joel Buckner

Music Producer

Dock

Ametria Dock

Singer + Songwriter

Winship

Robert Winship

Writer

Judah

Judah Groveman

Musician

Lee

Eliezer Lee

Photographer

Dave Schmidgall Lr

Dave Schmidgall

Photographer

Kami

Kami Mackin

Writer

Ibti

Ibti Vincent

Lead Author

Mason

Adam Mason

Photographer

Lissy

Lissy Tropea

Stylist

Amy

Amy Blaszyk

Writer

Chelsea

Chelsea Chandler

Designer

Greg Profile

Greg Sitzmann

Designer

Sara Profile

Sara Kruger

Writer

Stephanie Ball

Stephanie Ball

Writer

Sarah Crouch Photo

Sarah Crouch

Writer

Overman Headshot

Lisa Overman

Writer

Anna Profile

Anna Russell

Designer

David Johnson Profile

David Johnson

Photographer

Steve Andres Lr

Steve Andres

Filmmaker

Brandon Ritter Crop

Brandon Ritter

Brandon Lapierre Lr

Brandon Lapierre

Lance Matthews

Lance Matthews

Music Mix + Master

Leon Thurston Jr 2

Leon Thurston Jr.

Still Motion

Filmmaker

Hardy Wilson

Hardy Wilson

Photographer

Guru Khalsa

Guru Khalsa

Photographer

Alex Welsh

Photographer

Neptune

Bobby Neptune

Filmmaker/Photographer

Spencer Headshot

Spencer Millsap

Filmmaker

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Bittersweet is a collaborative effort to dig into issues of poverty, war, disease, devastation and abuse to find uplifting stories of serious, gritty hope. It’s a growing movement. Join us.

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